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, what happened in japan, like everybody else. it's just so devastating. i can't imagine that there's going to be one agency in massachusetts who just says, you go here, you here -- i'm concerned not only in massachusetts but throughout the country if something like this happens, i'm not confident yet and i'm hopeful someone can give me the information that make sure that we all know what to do. you know? is it evacuation? is it command and control? is it military? i think it's a combination of everything. can you shed any light on my thoughts? >> in timely, i can start and then like to have an opportunity, senator brown -- >> just do that. i don't want to take the senator's time. >> i want to make one point. >> i think you're asking an important question. >> okay. >> i'd urge -- >> many of our disasters -- we always start with who's going to be the closest responders, no matter how big the disaster. it's always the local responders. we saw this, they can be destroyed, in the disaster itself. we saw this in katrina and in the tsunami. the next is the governor and their team includin
about the creation of a new financial regulatory agency. nucleare on at japan's power plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission discussed the emergency there, which may have exposed workers to lethal doses of radiation. this is the second part of a hearing on the house energy subcommittee. it is an hour and a half. >> i will call the meeting back to in order. you were called away for a meeting. everybody has given their opening statements. i would recognize you for 5 minutes for your opening statement. >> thank you to you, mr. chairman, you and the other chairman of the subcommittees. and other members of the subcommittee. i am honored to appear before you on behalf of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. given the events unfolding overseas, my remarks will focus on the events in japan. i will be happy to answer questions on those matters. i would like to offer my condolences to all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in japan over the last few days. my heart goes out to those dealing with the aftermath of these disasters. i want to indulge the tireless efforts
that the damaged nuclear power plant in japan, quote come continues to further stabilize, and that there have been no radiation readings in the u.s. the might be of concern. these remarks came before the meeting of the senate energy and natural resources committee. other speakers included officials from the energy department, the nuclear energy institute and the union of concerned scientists. this is an hour and 45 minutes. >> thank you for being here. this is a briefing. this is not a hearing has such. the reason we try to it as a briefing is so that people wouldn't have to file written testimony 72 hours ahead of time and all of that and things are changing very quickly with regard to the evolving situation that the nuclear power plant. will the committee doesn't have direct oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants we do have to consider how events such as those affect the ability of the nation's nuclear fleet of 104 reactors to supply electricity, this of course the 104 reactors currently account for 20% of the electricity that we use and with the future of nuclear energy will be as part
implicates our energy security. the situation in japan leads us to ask questions about our energy sources. in an economy that relies so heavily on oil, rising prices at the pump affect everybody. workers, farmers, truck drivers, restaurant owners, students who are lucky enough to have a car. businesses, you see rising prices at the pump hurt their bottom line. families feel the pinch when they filled their tanks. and for americans who are struggling to get by, a hike in gas prices really makes their lives that much harder. it hurts. if you are somebody who works in a relatively low-wage job and you have a commute to work, it takes up a big chunk of your income. you may not be able to buy as many groceries. you may have to cut back on medicine in order to fill the gas tank. this is something that everybody is affected by. we have been down this road before. it was three years ago that gas prices topped four dollars a gallon. -- $4 a gallon on. i was in the middle of a presidential campaign. working folks remember because it hit a lot of people pretty hard. and because we're at the height o
been talked -- touched by the magnitude until this disaster are closely following the events in japan and the repercussions in this country and in many other countries. before we begin, i would like to offer my sincere condolences to all of those who have been affected by the earthquake and the tsunami in japan. our hearts go out to all lead in dealing with the aftermath of these natural disasters. we are mindful of a long and difficult road they will face in recovering. we know the people of japan are resilience and strong and we have every confidence that they will come through this difficult time and move forward with resolved to rebuild their vibrant country. i believe i speak for all americans when i say that we stand together with the people of japan at this most difficult and challenging time. the nrc is a relatively small agency. we play a critical role in protecting american people and the environment when it comes to the use of nuclear materials. we have our inspectors to work full time as every nuclear plant in the country and we are proud to have world top scientists, engi
his agency wouldn't be able to handle a nuclear emergency similar to the events unfolding in japan. administrator craig fugate did say that the government as a whole is better prepared to deal with radiological emergencies. after years of doherty bomb scenario training. at the senate homeland security committee hearing, we also hear about what fema has done since the japanese earthquake. another witness at a hearing is the former inspector general of the homeland security department. we hear his assessment that the fema operations center can katrina. this is two hours. >> welcome, everyone. we convened this hearing which had been long planned, laskier alana fema's ability to respond to a major catastrophe against the compelling backdrop of the tragically catastrophic event unfolding in japan. an earthquake and tsunami and rapid succession that had already resulted in twice as many deaths as al qaeda's attack on america 9/11 and of course no one believes that the deaths and the finding of the day is over yet. the earthquake and the tsunami have also caused fires and explosions of nu
about recent events in japan. he said u.s. officials do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the u.s. the president visited the japanese embassy to sign a condolence book for victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami. >> i will be making a statement later this afternoon. my main purpose for being here is to communicate how heartbroken the american people are over this tragedy. we are doing everything we can to stand by our great friend and ally, japan. our deepest sympathies, or thoughts and prayers are with the families. we feel a great urgency to provide assistance to those who have been displaced from their homes, who are suffering enormously at this moment. as i said on the first day of the tragedy, i am confident that japan will rebuild. it has people who are strong and resilient, who are dedicated to their country, who are brilliant. as difficult as this time is up, i am confident that japan will emerge even stronger than before. >> [unintelligible] >> i am will discuss that this afternoon. >> thank you very much. >> after visiting the japanese embassy in washington
on the nuclear reactors in japan after last week's work -- earthquake and tsunami. the head of the commission and deputy energy secretary spoke to reporters at the white house for 25 minutes. >> good afternoon. over the weekend the president was briefed multiple times on the situation in japan on the earthquake there. usaid is leading our humanitarian efforts with the department of energy and nuclear regulatory commission. in national security adviser is coordinating a process with regards to japan and the engaging with officials across the government. he is keeping you -- we know you have a lot of questions with regard to nuclear issues. you keep answering questions about american citizens in japan as well as generally of date americans about the impact of the accidents or the aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake. i also have our deputy secretary of energy. we can at mind everything we're doing -- al everything. i will ask these two gentlemen to speak. if you could address questions related to them and we will let them get out of here and i will take questions on other issues. thanks very
and h statement. i ever met -- at mant to the fact a terrible tragedy is is transpiring in japan is one that has riveted the attention of the nation in the world and ourts go hearts go out o tuto the japanee people and government in thiste terrible time of trial. there is no way we can diminish the tragedy that they areerie experienced.al but it is a natural disaster that was the catalyst to the meanwhile in libya we have a human katulis named muammar and wil qaddafi. and i will admit i will confess to having such a dull life i watch a lot of cable television, and i see expert after expert reasons why the united statesso should do nothing, so i come into reading an article in co today's "new yorkll times" by ae murray slaughter who was a for our policy at the stateicy department i understand in thise it really does respond to what you will hear continuously. entt the article is entitled fiddlinl while what beah burns. pois at the beginning she points out the organization of the islamic conference, the gulf cooperation council and the arab league havl called for the opponent imposing e n
come back from a trip to japan. we're now here in washington talking as we tape this. you were there to cover another extraordinary story overseas. what i am trying to understand is, why did you make that trip? if you answer me, because it was a great story, that is done enough. you have so many responsibilities that cut into a decision. why you do that? why did you make the trip to japan? >> i wish i could say that it was a science and theory. a lot of it is, i feel compelled to go. it is not his that i covered the tsunami in indonesia or southeast asia, but i felt it was a story i had to experience tangibly. this incredible constellation of disasters -- at that moment, i felt there was a reason for the entire broadcast to be there. part of being an anchor is a decision, where are your best their anchoring? the anchor of a really race. -- relay race. when is the best for you to take the whole broadcasting go overseas? it does change that balance. in the middle east, there were a host of correspondence to rivera and you were fantastic. " -- who were there and who worked fantast
. are with the tsunami hitting japan yesterday, or last night, it provides us with a reminder of the devastation that can be caused by flooding and it also is appropriately getting the attention of the fema administrator, which is why the administrator is not with us this morning. madam chair, i think that it's time that we do an overhaul of the nfrp because obviously, there are concerns. we attempted in the aftermath of katrina to provide some reform to the program. we didn't get very far. something has to be done. we are about $18 billion under water, pardon the pun, and the program simply can't continue as it is now. we need to struggle with and debate, if necessary, the issue of the wind damage coverage which was one of the controversies when we tried to deal with this issue back in 2009. i'm looking forward to raising those questions about reform to our panel this morning. and to actually find out from them whether or not they believe that we have time to do anything before the september expiration date. because i think, you know, if we move expeditiously, maybe we can address this issue. thank you,
security council. and to add additional at-on sanctions from our partners, including the e.u., japan, and others. when you are trying to sanction iran, no matter how powerful you are and how much we can do, it is imperative that we get the international community to support it. otherwise, there is too much leakage. we have limited that, and i feel strongly that we are making an impact. >> thank you, and i request written responses that you offered to the questions that you are not able to answer because i have so many, including the deposition of the libyan officials, which is so timely. my good friend, the ranking member. >> i want to commend my colleagues on the committee the speech that secretary clinton gave in addition to her estimate -- excellent testimony, but yesterday, going to the human rights council, where she discussed libya, iran, and other issues come up quite a remarkable presentation, particularly in pointing out ypocrisy of ouriran's condemnations of libya. i would like asked -- try to get into issues in this short time. one, the israeli-palestinian process. the que
candidate. he talked about the pentagon budget and japan's nuclear power crisis. this was hosted by the ideal love republican party in davenport. it's 25 minutes. >> thank you very much. congratulations on this. it happened i got to speak at the first state party event at the chairman some of you may remember in july and in 2009 with the rising stars. the great event, read energy, great fun, and i told people at home he is going to be first-rate chairman. i picked up the three, and a former county chairmen. i was the county chairmen in my county twice, once for four years and once for six years and i'm going to just tell you this is where the elections were won. they were here where the rubber meets the road. >> judy, thank you for the work that you do. [applause] >> i would be here on march 15th, but i not going to have anybody to stand behind me. >> i'm really glad to be here for the kickoff the series speaker event because we are getting ready for something very important. the 2012 election is going to be a watershed election in american history. matt didn't go into all of my
and that's what we're going to show you on the screen right now that japan is now issuing an evacuation order to thousands of residents in that country near a nuclear power plant. and certainly we'll to keep on this as it gets closer to the hawaiian shore, the tsunami resulting from this, keep an eye on breaking news and we'll watch the news and come back to us on this friday morning. this is a big day for people to follow what's going on in the world. okay. jobs, i want to stay with that for a minute. i pulled the baltimore sign because it's typical of what's going on all the country. maryland job gains prove slim. home sales rising but it turns out unemployment is not -- it's john 71,000 in january. we looked at your own unemployment rate in kansas and kansas city, kansas city itself 8%. the state of kansas 7.4 compared to a national average of 8.9. what's happening with jobs in your district? >> guest: well, the job numbers that you're referring to, unemployment is lower than it is nationally. we have an economy that's probably stronger locally than it is nationally. . >> host: and w
eastment we've seen what happens when government is temporarily out of service as in japan. we see what happens when we have chaos reigning in america when it comes to budgeting. the american people don't like it. the american peoplement -- want us to get to work. this republican budget essentially takes 700,000 americans off the payroll. three weeks? that's 75,000 jobs that are in jeopardy as a result of this republican three week budget, and so it's time to get back to work and do the business of america of putting americans back to work. that's what democrats have been about. we started two years ago with president obama talking about creating jobs. we hope at some point after 71 days, republicans now in the majority in the house will talk about creating jobs, not losing jobs, and with that, i'll turn it over to the democratic leader, nancy pelosi. >> thank you for bringing us together this morning. before i join my colleagues in associating myself with their remarks and expanding on them. i want to once again express the sadness and sympathy that we have for the people of japan who
that ohioans aspire to to create that ohioans aspire to to create >>> was japan's emperor made his first public statement since last friday's earthquake and tsunami. the 77-year-old spoke of the imperial palace for about six minutes. this is courtesy of the japan broadcasting corporation nhk. >> the bamberger says the earthquake on friday was an extremely powerful earthquake with an almost unprecedented magnitude of nine-point zero. he said he is deeply moved by the tragic situation and in the affected areas. he says the concerned number of people killed by the earthquake and tsunami keeps rising day-by-day. and it's uncertain what the final death toll might be. he says he's praying many people will be found alive. the emperor says he's deeply concerned about the serious situation unfolding at a nuclear power station. he says he's hoping emergency efforts being made by all the people concerned will prevent the situation from getting any worse. the emperor says the government has been making all-out efforts to provide relief to survivors. shortages of food, drinking water and fuel are making the
on the i live like to do offer my sincere condolences to the people of japan as they recover from one of the first national disasters in their history. japan has been a stalwart partner in afghanistan, an important contributor to the nation there. >> if i could interrupt you for a minute. thank you for doing that. >> thank you. it is the assessment that the momentum achieved by the taller than it since 2005 has been arrested and much of the country and reversed in a number of areas. it is also fragile and reversible. it is clear that much difficult work lies ahead with our partners to solidify and expand our games in the spring offensive. the achievements in 2013 -- in 2010 have allowed the joint nato -- the achievements are also very important. i've prepared to provide recommendations to president obama for commencement of the drawdown of the u.s. search forces in july. it has put us on the right path. afghan forces are in the lead by the end of 2014. bin smmit. the achievements of 2010 and early 2011 have been enabled by a determined effort to get the inputs right united states and
about this in depth today. what happened in japan is that the interest of the whole world. there was an earthquake that raided nine on the scale. it is the highest known by japan. the safety mechanisms resisted. the problems were thdrowned by way this. the put it in the cooling system. the problem with japan is how to deal with some nominees. there never had experience. we have to like what has happened in japan. it is something that comes into the sovereignty. things will be with the commission. it will proceed to conduct this. it'll make it public. they are in charge of nuclear issues. they will say whether or not it has been met. it is not meet the standards. it was conducted on all of the nuclear power plants. we will take all necessary measures. that means may be shutting it down. >> we talked about command structures. i'm sorry. i could not see. whether the next stages? the next is on tuesday. these are members of the coalition. is there going to be a proposal? they know the solution cannot simply be a military one. they aren't -- the ability to listen to reason was
obama on libya. tomorrow government officials talk about the situation at japan's nuclear failing power plant. live coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. on c-span3, a senate hearing protecting the civil rights of muslim americans. witnesses include thomas purchased and the former archbishop of washington d.c. the subcommittee hearing also starts at 10:00 a.m. eastern. an al jazeera correspondent discusses his experiences on middle east events including the recent events in cairo. he is interviewed by -- this forum was hosted by the council on foreign relations. the interview took place before president obama's speech on libya. >> good afternoon. i think we are going to have a terrific conversation today. you have all been to council meetings before. please turn off your cell phones and your blackberries. this meeting is on the record today. keep that in mind. i will spend a little bit of time visiting with our guests. we will have a chance for questions halfway through. today is a timely moment for us to be visiting with our guest. he is the al jazeera english correspondent
is the highest with about 38%. i think only japan is higher. it is all put this on an impact. will you comment on that? >> you are correct. our tax rate look soon to be the highest. ia good tax code would have a broad base. this speciallot deductions and extensions. by getting a broad base coming you can lower the rate. that provides greater incentives for firms to locate. do you tax based only on profits earned in the united states are blow for profit? but at what rate to you think we should aim for that would put this in the best position in terms of competition on the global stage? >> i did not have a single number in mind. there are is the number of deductions. we will certainly get it down if we can. >> part of the charges to keep prices stable. on the one hand, we have to pay down the debt. to what is this a faulted the economy? it is still volatile or week. athere is a $1 billion cut we passed around. why is the discrepancy in the figure of around 6005000 to 700? that is a huge difference. who do you believe here? we have a number of questions. we are trying to understand the reasons. >
this beat for a long time. as we've been watching what's unfolding in japan, the middle east, i forget there's a very serious crisis with the country much closer to us, which is in mexico, which is fighting really a life and death struggle i think for the future of that country with these very poweful drug traffic and organization. 30,000 mexicans have lost their lives in that struggle. we are intimately involved in this. the country's veracious appetite for drugs that is fueling that war, basically, going down in mexico, guns and money come -- go south as well as the drugs coming north. so i think we sometimes forget really how important this subject is about securing our border. in people have never quite explained to me in 20 years, what a secure border actually is. we have with us today a person that can hopefully clear us all up on that. david aguilar is the deputy commissioner of the u.s. customs and border patrol, he's a former chief, 31 years with the border patrol. where he's oversaw 2,000 agents, he's received awards for the achievements, especially with desert safeguard. i appreci
with piracy problem. at the same time, there's a number of any plant players that just depend on to japan, korea russia, china are working together to do with the problem. the deep with more subtle mandate. certainly whether they are escorting convoys to the goal for wegener protecting our national shipping. these are some strategies they are employing. i noted when we were operating there is despite national mandates, despite a few different approaches to how to do with the problem, the crux of the issue is that wanted to do something about piracy. so what we found if everybody was working together to share information, to exchange bits of information that might prove useful to locating pirate action groups to try to do with the problem in the shared responsibility i found a very construct development while we were connecting our work over there. just wanted to put a little vignettes and kind of give you a sense of how we dealt with certain issues they are. and i know that we've got a bit of a strategic overlay any sense of the operational environment. or to put yourself into my position
. how close do you think the situation of the u.s. economy is to japan's case? >> the thrust of the question is how close are we to a downgrade, is that basically the question? >> that's what they were asking, yes. >> obviously, i'm not commenting on that. that's for the rating agencies to determine. what i will say is we -- i feel we should not assume things that have historically been viewed as unthinkable are not possible, and that means that we really have to, i think, focus on the country's financial affairs and ensure that the treasury remains the aaa asset that it is. >> rich, thank you very much. [applause] >> in a few moments, the counsel for public affairs hears from white house senior adviser, valerie jarrett. in a half hour, senate floor discussions on cutting federal spending. after that, part of a news conference with the chinese foreign minister. later, a forum on politics and the federal budget. gr president obama's fy12 pujt - >> the jewish counsel is holding their national conference in washington. they heard from senior adviser, valerie jarrett. this is a h
, my heart goes out to japan. ladies and gentlemen, as much as i was bewitched by comedy at an early age, i was fascinated and seduced by journalism. i can remember at age 5 or whenever it was my parents trusted me with scissors, i cut out the mastheads for the section of the papers we subscribed to, the main criteria for whatever papers in l.a. were still publishing and were not the times. [laughter] when i came to be interviewed on tv, i confessed to my heabt of making my parents take me to the out of town newsstand in hollywood and for years our mailbox was filled with dailies from minnesota and other far flung locals. a couple days late, but it didn't matter. when entering college at 15, my first stop aves the the office of the student paper where i ended up assed senior editor. thank you. [laughter] the only source of pub my cation was if we had the job of putting the paper at bed at night and worked in a print shop where the entire staff was comprised of what we used to call deaf mutes. my chance of the editor in chief role was destroyed by my refusal to disclose an aanonymous
of materials and fuel on the japan desk you get another and we believe we also have the ability as i mentioned earlier we will continue to push state department reporting to the other agencies, but it does a lot might put a burden on them to then take our material which we have provided to secretary defense so to speak, to the dod, and then to distribute that to their people according to the rule that only they are capable of defining because i think it would be wrong for me to say which individuals within an entity as large as the defense department or as large as that of dni or the intelligence community which needs what so we send it to them and i think they may be the ones who have to answer that second question about how they are going to distribute it efficiently and effectively as you and senator collins have talked about. >> thanks. any legislative recommendations or budget targeting? >> in terms of the legislative question, i agree with mr. kennedy. at this time, we do not see any additional legislation that we need. we are going through a review to answer exactly the same question fo
of live events to tell you about tomorrow morning. they host a discussion comparing japan's nuclear situation with what has happened at the nuclear power plant in russia and chernobyl. after that, we will be live on c-span3 with the committee health centers. the administrator of the service administration, the primary agency addressing health care for the uninsured. >> haley barbour, newt gingrich at the conservative principles conference. this weekend on c-span. >> of the next several hours, a form on the future of hong ownership posted by the atlantic magazine and beat edmonton journal. later you hear from henry cisneros. first, vice president by den's economic adviser. >> thank you very much. this is a great subject. before our interview, let me introduce my partner in these affairs. tom has joined allstate in 1995. he serves as vice chairman of the chicago federal reserve. we have been fortunate enough to do a number of partnerships over the last eight years. this one will last, too. we are interested in partnering with them. many of you have been touched by all states in your l
enemies or our competitors -- china, japan, and the tyrants in the middle east. there is no end in sight, and the president's own budget, he has got to in years of deficit. he will add more to the national debt in his four years than all presidents or him combine. what is washington doing? thank god for the tea party. i noticed -- [applause] thank god for paul ryan and the republican party and steve king and others. washington is not about leadership. washington is not about the people. washington is about money and reelection. had he figured it out? -- have you figured it out? i will tell you a story, the nation is hurting, and washington, d.c., is a boom town. how does that grab you? i tell you what they are addicted to. special interest money, all i want is access money, wall street money, to be to fail money. union money, the pac money, pac money back money, corporate money, a pharmaceutical money, all subsidy money, ethanol subsidy money, insurance money, tort reform money. the system is institutionally corrupt. where are the people? they're left that. i go to washington once every
in the world to own the the 21st century economically. our gdp is greater than china, germany, and japan combined. the median income is close to $50,000. in china, it is $4,500. we wish them better, but to put it in perspective, it is important to know where we stand now, the platform from which we now operate and why, if we do the right things, we have an overwhelming prospect to not only recover here in united states but to lead the world and the 21st century. the man i am about to introduce to your shares your view. americans have never settle for number two, literally. this is not hyperbole. we want other nations to do well, we will do better if they do well, but we are not prepared, nor are you, to settle for being number two and anything. folks, that is why we laid out, the president has laid out in his state of the union speech the need for us to innovate. we have the most innovative the economy in the world. we of the freest of free enterprise systems. we know what we are doing. we want to unleash the free enterprise system. we also know we cannot rank tied with five nations for
and japan. these were total wars on the conditions of total defeat. in the age of post em -- imperial empires, they do not bow down. the most extraordinary and bizarre statement ever made in contemporary was rumsfeld shock and awe. we had shock people and from that they will bow down and consent. what makes the new arab revolutions difference -- different is these were from below. with the international or national conditions. here you had the extraordinary pressure on local economies and arab economies, rising commodity prices, rising food prices, which impacted directly on the dire and stance of living. at the same time, you have a hugely young population wired together more than before with rising expectations. an educational system that works and turned out educated people and educated people driving buses. nothing wrong with driving buses, but finding the roles and occupations lower than the expectations that they have. this produces the blow. that seems to be historicically creates greater conditions for the democracy than anything that the britain or america were trying to do i
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